Are There Unusually Effective Occupational Safety and Health Inspectors and Inspection Practices?
Download eBook for Free
|PDF file||0.4 MB|
|PDF file||0.2 MB|
This study examines the role of inspector “style” in influencing the effectiveness of inspections in reducing injury rates. It addresses four main research questions: 1) How much do inspectors vary in the way that they carry out inspections in terms of practices that might have an impact on inspection effectiveness? 2) How much of the variation in inspection outcomes (change in injury rates) can be explained by which inspector carried out the inspection? 3) How much of the variation in inspection outcomes can be explained by which Cal-OSHA district the inspector was associated with? 4) Are certain inspection practices associated with better inspection outcomes? The data used to help answer these questions are inspections by the California OSHA program from 2002 to 2007 with a subset linked to injury reports from the Workers’ Compensation Information System and employment data from the Employment Development Department.The short answers to the questions are as follows: 1) The amount of variation among inspectors in their practices appears to be quite large. 2) About 3% of the variation in inspection outcomes (change in injury rates) can be explained by the identity of the inspector. More inspectors have unusually good or poor outcomes than would have occurred due to chance. 3) Although 1 or 2 districts appeared to have smaller reductions in injuries than the others, the statistical significance of the differences was marginal. 4) We were not able to identify inspection practices that were associated with better inspection outcomes. However, we did find that more experienced inspectors had better outcomes.
Table of Contents
Data Sources and Methods
Conclusions and Implications
Construction of the Data Sets
Variation in Inspection Practices, Inspector Level, by Inspection Type
Variation in Inspection Practices, District Level, by Inspection Type
Modifications to the WCIS and ODI Data
Model Results for Table 5
This working paper was prepared by the RAND Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace for the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation Working paper series. RAND working papers are intended to share researchers' latest findings and to solicit informal peer review. They have been approved for circulation by RAND but may not have been formally edited or peer reviewed.
This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.